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A documentary presenting mankind's most ambitious effort at perfecting the means to its own annihilation... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

William Shatner ... Himself - Narrator

Edward Teller ... Himself - Nuclear Physicist (also archive footage) (as Dr. Edward Teller)
W.H.P. Blandy ... Himself - Commander Joint Task Force One (archive footage) (as Vice Admiral W.H.P. Blandy)
Frank H. Shelton ... Himself - Nuclear Weaponeer (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)

Dwight D. Eisenhower ... Himself - U.S. President (archive footage)
Adlai Stevenson ... Himself - U.S Ambassador (1961-1965) to the United Nations (archive footage)
Randall William Cook ... Newsreel Narrator (archive sound)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nikolai Bulganin ... Himself (archive footage)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage)
Everett Dirksen ... Himself (archive footage)

Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Enrico Fermi ... Himself (archive footage)

Reed Hadley ... Himself (archive footage)
Averell Harriman ... Himself (archive footage)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage)
Hubert H. Humphrey ... Himself (archive footage)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Nikita Khrushchev ... Himself (archive footage)
Zedong Mao ... Himself (archive footage)
Anastas Mikoyan ... Himself (archive footage)

Marilyn Monroe ... Herself (archive footage)
J. Robert Oppenheimer ... Himself (archive footage)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)
Dean Rusk ... Himself (archive footage)
Woodrow P. Swancutt ... Himself (archive footage)
Leo Szilard ... Himself (archive footage)
Mark Tapscott ... Announcer (archive footage)
Paul Tibbets ... Himself (archive footage)

Wernher von Braun ... Himself (archive footage)
Roy Neal ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Kuran 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Scott Narrie 
Don Pugsley 

Produced by
Lyle Conway .... associate producer
Peter Kuran .... producer
Alan Munro .... producer
Marilyn Nave .... associate producer
Jacqueline Zietlow .... co-producer
Original Music by
William T. Stromberg 
Cinematography by
Barbu Marian 
Film Editing by
Peter Kuran 
Makeup Department
Wendy Jill York .... hair stylist
Wendy Jill York .... make-up
Production Management
Clay Woods .... production manager: Technicolor Creative Services
Sound Department
Robert E. Borge .... stereo consultant
Bob Goold .... project sound editor
Jo Martin .... production sound
Michael Miller .... voice recordist
Mark A. Rozett .... re-recording mixer (as Mark Rozett)
Daniel W. Victor Jr. .... stereo consultant
Dave Yamamoto .... re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Michael Aguilar .... digital animation
Erik Anderson .... digital artist
Katsuyoshi Arita .... photography assistant
Robert Capps .... digital artist (as Bob Capps)
William S. Conner .... visual effects photography
Joseph Conti .... digital animation (as Joe Conti)
David Emerson .... optical supervisor (as Dave Emerson)
Brian Griffin .... digital supervisor
Todd Hall .... optical printer photography
Littleton Brothers .... digital animation
Lisa Mann .... additional printer
Jo Martin .... editorial supervisor
Dan Meadors .... digital artist
Pam Vick .... digital animation
Steve Weinman .... digital artist
Enid Tihanyi Zentelis .... digital artist (as Enid Zentelis)
Gary Zietlow .... additional photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Cynthia Pusheck .... first assistant camera
Amanda Thompson .... first assistant camera
Editorial Department
Gary Barron .... colorist: Technicolor Creative Services
Music Department
Ellen Levine .... music recordist
Ellen Levine .... orchestra manager
Lennie Moore .... composer: additional music
Lennie Moore .... orchestrator
John W. Morgan .... composer: additional music
John W. Morgan .... orchestrator
Edward Shahnazarain .... music recordist
Edward Shahnazarain .... orchestra manager
Edgardo Simone .... orchestrator
William T. Stromberg .... conductor
William T. Stromberg .... orchestrator
Christine H. Luethje .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Chris Borges-Silva .... dvd & bluray producer [gb]: BluRay Author/Compressionist
Avelino Deleon .... production assistant (as Avelino DeLeon)
David Fox .... legal consultant
Dan Harary .... publicist
Diane Holland .... primary archival film source: FCDNA-DASIAC
Roger Meade .... primary archival film source: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Kimberly Terhorst .... production assistant
Steve Wofford .... primary archival film source: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Nick Anning .... special thanks
Lisa Baratta .... special thanks
Sondra Beirre .... special thanks
Debbie Bingham .... special thanks
Larry Bynak .... special thanks (as Major Larry Bynak)
Anna Chi .... special thanks
Patricia W. French .... special thanks
Dave Harris .... special thanks
Joni Hezlep .... special thanks
Donald Hornig .... special thanks
Brian Jochum .... special thanks
George Lockwood .... special thanks
Igor Morozov .... special thanks
Lewis Motisher .... special thanks
Kay Peterson .... special thanks
Frank H. Shelton .... special thanks (as Dr. Frank H. Shelton)
Fred Toye .... special thanks (as Fred E.O. Toye)

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92 min
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The soundtrack for this documentary was performed by the Moscow Symphony, and recorded in Moscow. Oddly, this allowed people to view the previously classified material that the former USSR, now Russia, wanted and tried hard to procure it.See more »
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
It may blow you away., 13 May 1999
Author: RNeary from Massachusetts

From its first sequence of workers stacking cartons of TNT for a rehearsal blast at Trinity Site, to its last image of Chinese cavalry galloping into a mushroom cloud (the horses wearing gas masks), TRINITY AND BEYOND is a visually arresting film.

The picture documents the full scope of American nuclear testing from 1945 to 1963. Sand is fused into glass in New Mexico; islands are literally blown off the map in the South Pacific; a test in space blacks out Honolulu radio. In one nightmarish highlight, a bomb-laden Thor rocket catches fire and explodes on the launch pad. The warhead goes shooting off like a roman candle.

The film makes an interesting bookend to THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982), covering parallel ground, but apolitically, in contrast to the earlier picture's deadpan subversiveness. A key element is the carefully noncommittal narration by William Shatner. It's impossible to know what Shatner thinks about the events he's describing. (Though his direction of STAR TREK V demonstrates that Shatner is something of an expert on bombs.)

On the debit side, the movie feels a few minutes too long, and its Wrath of God musical score, while formidable in small doses, palls a bit as it goes on.

In its wedding of immaculate, surreal visuals with portentious music, TRINITY AND BEYOND oddly reminded me of the New Age films of Ron Fricke - it's like a KOYAANISQATSI for hawks. Sometimes, especially during a few brief shots of domestic animals being locked into cages close to Ground Zero, it makes you want to take a mental bath, at the mixture of intellect and human destructiveness on display. Nonetheless, it's a powerful, intelligent movie that lingers in the memory, and turns a valuable lens on 50's America and the Cold War.

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